Lady Squires Tennis Falls In Regional

Manchester tennis traveled to Culver Academies on Tuesday to face state ranked Warsaw in team regionals. After a delayed start due to a Warsaw bus failure, the Lady Squires began to face off against their tough opponents. “It took us some time to adjust to their power and style of play. We are used to being the aggressors and now we found ourselves changing our approach to best match up against the Lady Tiger skill sets.” The Manchester two doubles team of Bethany Collett and Lydia Little started strong going up 3-0 and then 4-1 and 5-2. They closed out the set 6-3 and kept up their momentum by leading 4-1 in set two. After Warsaw victories in all other opening sets, Manchester’s in match adjustments were producing results. “Allison and Karly lost their first sets 0-6, yet they were at deuce nearly every game. Karly was even the aggressor for most of her match making her Warsaw opponent scramble and fight off her attacks. Allison had changed her approach which was inducing many Warsaw errors. And Leiah Brandenburg was hanging tough.” At this point in the team match, things got interesting. With two doubles in a comfortable lead, one singles Allison Smith got up 4-1 in set two. Karly Eichenauer won two straight set two games, Leiah Brandenburg won the fist game of her second set, and one doubles was rallying. At one doubles Reilly Ruppert was battling bad stomach pains while Kelsey Eichenauer broke strings in just the second game causing her to play the remainder of the match with a borrowed racket. After losing set one at one doubles 1-6 and being down 1-4, the top Lady Squire duo won three straight games to tie it 4-4. The ensuing game was close with a couple of net volleys going out for Manchester thus ending their run. “It was exciting for about 20 minutes to look down the 5 courts and see us leading or mounting a comeback. Our fans and players sensed that we were on the verge of an upset, but couldn’t pull through.” Manchester would eventually loose all second sets and the two doubles team of Collett and Little never regained their confidence and shots after a frustrating Warsaw comeback. “Even though we lost 0-5, we know we weren’t far away from beating a great team. Our girls should be proud of a super effort and fantastic season.” The Lady Squires end the year at 16-3 and a Three River Conference and Sectional title. Individually for Manchester, Allison Smith ends her year at 15-4, Karly Eichenauer at 16-3, Leiah Brandenburg at 15-4, Reilly Ruppert at 13-6, Kelsey Eichenauer at 11-3, Bethany Collett at 15-4, Lydia Little at 14-3, and Kendra Auler at 5-2.

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